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Philanthrophy

We Are Thankful for the Community Support That Helps Us Improve Health Every Day!

Philanthropic support for the Haden Nursing Institute is an investment in arguably the single most important aspect of great care and outstanding outcomes: the expertise and compassion of the nurses who serve our patients. Through continued support, the Haden Nursing Institute will continue to focus on and support the hospital’s expectations for great nursing, both today and for the future good of our community.

Multidisciplinary clinical teams are provided the opportunity to work through a number of scenarios in the highly advanced Sentara Martha Jefferson Clinical Skills Lab, thanks to visionary leadership donors and general community support. Introduction of new best practices, rapid-response team drills and recently added specialty training from family caregivers are but a few of the many benefits of this treasured resource, which is made possible by philanthropic support.

One of the many ways in which philanthropy supports the Sentara Martha Jefferson Caring Tradition is through enhancements to the healing environment. Thirteen piano music therapy volunteers provide more than 80 combined hours of enjoyment per month. Their beautiful music soothes patients, families and caregivers alike.

Newborns like to be cuddled, held and comforted, and new parents and our nurses do as much of that as we can. Our Special Care Nursery provides care for babies born after 34 weeks of gestation who need to be watched closely or receive extra care following birth. These particularly sensitive babies, some of whom may be experiencing symptoms of withdrawal from substances used by their mothers while pregnant, benefit significantly from the calm, continuous motion of the “gentle sway” of the mamaRoo seat. Community donations support the very best care for our most vulnerable patients.

Our Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Family Birthing Center welcomes approximately 1,700 newborns each year, providing the very best care for our smallest and youngest patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as many other health agencies, suggest using wearable blankets rather than swaddling infants in loose blankets. Thanks to generous community support, newborns will each be sent home in a SleepSack Swaddle, which has been thoughtfully designed with pediatric nursing input and tested in hospital environments to promote safe sleep.

For a patient who is suffering, Palliative Care is an important resource both for the patient and their family. This specialty focuses on medical, emotional and spiritual care for patients facing serious illness. Relieving distressing symptoms, improving communication and understanding, and enhancing quality of life for the patient and family are the goals of this care.

Through a strong partnership among the patient, family and physicians, the Palliative Care Team helps with distressing symptoms. Breathing difficulties, nausea, pain, anxiety, confusion, sleep problems, spiritual suffering and family distress are all attended to by the team. Palliative Care also facilitates communication among the patient, family and physicians. Above all, Palliative Care ensures that the plan of care is based on the patient’s goals, values, beliefs and hopes.

The Sentara Martha Jefferson Palliative Care Program is supported almost exclusively through community philanthropy.

Whether patients find themselves at Sentara Martha Jefferson for an extended stay or just a short visit, we try to make their time at the hospital more comfortable and help them feel at home. The Caring Always Cart brings comfort to patients in the hospital without family or friends nearby to tend to their comfort needs. Philanthropy provides the resources to keep the cart stocked, as well as the resources for the Acts of Kindness program, through which a member of the care team can send flowers, balloons, a cup of coffee or small gift to a patient who may need a little something extra. Nearly 1,000 Acts of Kindness were extended last year, thanks to your generous support.

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